WIC trips Escanaba
Girls basketball roundup
IRON RIVER — West Iron County repelled a second-half comeback by Escanaba in a 58-55 win on Thursday.
The Wykons (16-4, 5-3 West PAC) got off to a fast start with a 21-6 lead after the first quarter. The Eskymos responded, out-scoring the Wykons 18-9 in the third quarter. Both teams traded leads throughout the second half until Rudi Passamani sank a 3-pointer with about three and a half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
“The first quarter we jumped out to a big lead,” West Iron head coach Eric Shamion said. “We started out really well and then Escanaba kind of clawed back into the game. The second half was really exciting. It was like a tournament atmosphere.”
West Iron was led by Eden Golliher’s 19 points. Emily Nelson, in her second game back after an injury, scored 12 points.
Shamion said the win secured a 16-win regular season in which the Wykons took second place.
Cassidi Stannard led Esky with 18 points and Lexi Chaillier added 12 points.
Escanaba JV won 41-40.
West Iron hosts Ironwood in the District 94 semifinals at home on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. The winner faces the Norway-Iron Mountain winner in the district final on March 2 in Norway.
Escanaba 6 17 18 14 — 55
West Iron 21 12 9 16 — 58
Escanaba — Beauchamp 3, Monkevich 8, Chaillier 12, Wilson 5, Stannard 18, Barron 5, Griffin 4. FT: 12-24. F: 15. 3-point field goals: Stannard 1.
West Iron County — Malmquist 8, Nelson 12 (second game back), Laturi 2, Golliher 19, Stine 14, Passamani 3. FT: 7-9. F: 20. 3-point field goals: Stine 2, Passamani 1.
Mid Peninsula 41,
North Central 27
ST. NICHOLAS — The Mid Peninsula girls’ basketball team received a boost from sophomore Camryn Croasdell and a swarming defense Thursday in a 41-27 win against visiting North Central on Seniors Night.
Croasdell scored a season-high 11 points and the Wolverines’ defense held Jets’ senior Natalie Dombrowski and junior Chloe Wells scoreless.
“The big thing is the girls had a lot of energy,” Mid Pen coach Bob Reichel said. “Defensively, they were phenomenal. Our defense was the key and Camryn stepped up offensively.
“We will get our points from Haley (Trudell) and Kennedy (Englund). We need other people to score. I couldn’t be happier for Camryn.”
Trudell and Englund each scored 13 points for the Wolverines, who trailed 9-7 after one quarter and took control of the game the rest of the way. Mid Pen shot 26 percent from the field and had 15 turnovers.
Bree Arsenault and Andie Arsenault each scored seven points for the Jets, who hit only 17 perecent of their shots from the field and had 22 turnovers.
“We were more aggressive getting to the rim and getting to the free-throw line,” Reichel said. “We were a completely different team than (Wednesday night’s 64-39 loss) against Stephenson.”
North Central won the JV game 52-37.
Mid Pen (9-11) will get a first-round district bye at Big Bay and play Wednesday at 6 p.m. against the Rapid River-Munising winner. North Central will host North Dickinson Wednesday at 7 p.m. in district play.
North Central 9 4 8 6 — 27
Mid Peninsula 7 12 13 9 — 41
North Central — Laurila 2, B. Arsenault 7, Smith 5, Poupore 2, Linder 4, A. Arsenault 7. FT: 9-14; F: 21; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: B. Arsenault, A. Arsenault.
Mid Peninsula — Trudell 13, D. Englund 2, Croasdell 11, Koski 2, K. Englund 13. FT: 12-25; F: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Trudell, Croasdell, K. Englund.
North Dickinson 54
CARNEY — It was nip and tuck all the way between two Skyline Central Conference girls’ basketball teams Thursday night as the Carney-Nadeau Wolves squeezed past the North Dickinson Nordics 55-54.
A free throw by Layla Blahnik-Thoune ended the scoring with 14 seconds left to play. The Wolves then forced a turnover and ran out the clock in the regular-season finale.
“These are two pretty evenly matched teams,” said Carney coach Travis Depuydt. “I don’t think there was more than a 3-point lead either way.
Sara Sivula led the Wolves with 24 points, running her career total to 997. Taylor Linder finished with 14 points and Blahnik-Thoune grabbed 11 rebounds.
“Sara has been more aggressive lately,” said Depuydt. “She’s starting to get back to her old ways. She’s getting to the hole more and taking more outside shots. Taylor had a solid game. She hit 7-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter, which kind of sealed the deal. They all did a great job. I couldn’t be more proud of the girls.”
Juliann Wickman scored 19 points and Brianna Smith had 16 for the Nordics.
“Wickman is a phenomenal player,” said Depuydt. “You leave her open and she hits the shot everytime. We attempted a couple steals, but didn’t get them.”
The Wolves sank 19-of-61 field goals and committed 27 turnovers.
“You’re very fortunate to win when you have 27 turnovers,” said Depuydt. “We need to shore up a few things before districts.”
Carney (13-7), which also won the jayvee game 69-29, hosts Stephenson in its Class D district opener Monday. The Nordics (9-9) visit North Central for their district opener Wednesday.
North Dickinson 8 21 13 12 — 54
Carney-Nadeau 9 18 14 14 — 55
North Dickinson — Wickman 19, Smith 16, Clark 8, Gustafson 2, Leveian 3, Mattson 2, Christian 4. FT: 9-20; F: 22; Fouled out: Clark, Levein, Christian.
Carney-Nadeau — Sivula 24, Jackson 5, Linder 13, Blahnik-Thoune 7, Paupore 2, Boulton 4. FT: 13-27; F: 17; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Sivula 2.
Forest Park 49,
CRYSTAL FALLS — Forest Park will take a four-game winning streak into the postseason after spilling Bark River-Harris 49-37 in Skyline Central Conference girls basketball Thursday at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium.
The Lady Trojans (11-9, 7-4) will host Ewen-Trout Creek or Republic-Michigamme in a Class D District 127 semifinal on Wednesday.
“We’re peaking at the right time,” said Forest Park Coach Jackie Giuliani. “We had phenomenal team play.”
Dalas Loehr led the Trojans with 10 points. Mercedes Simmons added nine points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Hannah Cross, Taylor Honkala and Maddie Scarlassara each chipped in eight points.
“We were hitting our shots and they weren’t,” said Giuliani, her Trojans holding the Broncos to three points in the second quarter and four in the fourth. “I attribute that to our defense. Our (man) defense was strong.
“We were working hard at not giving up second-chance shots and boxing out. That’s pure effort.”
The Broncos closed to 40-37 in the fourth quarter. But the Trojans rolled 9-0 from that point.
Megan Robinette led the Broncos with nine points.
BR-H’s junior varsity defeated Forest Park in overtime.
Bark River-Harris 13 3 17 4 — 37
Forest Park 10 17 13 9 — 49
Bark River-Harris — Robinette 9, Peterson 7, Bloniarz 6, Debelak 6, Demers 5, LaFave 2, Lockwood 2. FT: 9-18. F: 11. 3-point field goals: Robinette, Peterson. FG shooting: 13-44. Rebounds: 23 (Robinette 6).
Forest Park — Loehr 10, Simmons 9, Cross 8, Honkala 8, Scarlassara 8, Nocerini 4, Aberly 2. FT: 9-18. F: 11. 3-point field goals: Loehr, Cross, Honkala. FG shooting: 18-45. Rebounds: 29 (Simmons 10)
Iron Mountain 41
GLADSTONE — Iron Mountain’s second-half comeback fell short in a 52-41 Mid-Peninsula Conference girls basketball loss to Gladstone on Thursday.
The Mountaineers (5-20, 3-9) trailed 31-16 at halftime but closed to four in the second half, according to Coach Katelynn Johnson.
“In the first half we came out slow and it looked like our feet were stuck in mud on defense,” Johnson said. “At halftime we adjusted and changed up our defense.
“In the second half we played much better. We ran our offense, started playing our game and almost had them.”
Riley Poupore’s Poupore 17 points,10 rebounds, four assists and four steals led the Mountaineers. Saylor Swartout had 14 points and three assists.
Taylor Hunter and 6-foot-3 freshman Megan Crow topped Gladstone with 13 points apiece.
“Crow is hard to stop,” Johnson noted.
Iron Mountain begins Class C district play Wednesday at Norway. The teams split during the regular season.
Gladstone defeated Iron Mountain 52-24 in the junior varsity game.
Iron Mountain 5 11 13 12 — 41
Gladstone 14 17 9 12 — 52
Iron Mountain — Poupore 17, Bal 2, Swartout 14, Hoffman 6, Ellis 2. FT: 9-15. F: 18. 3-point field goals: Poupore, Swartout.
Gladstone –Trudeau 2, Balenger 7, Ahlgren 12, Zeise 3, Hardwick 2, Hunter 13, Crow 13. FT: 10-15. F: 13. 3-point field goals: Balenger, Zeise
Rapid River 52
MUNISING –Top-ranked Munising placed four players in double figures Thursday and rolled past visiting Rapid River 82-52.
Nykole Fitzgibbon led the Mustangs with 17 points, followed by Michaela Werner 15, Kiane Wendt 13, Daryn Johnson 11 and Kelsea Ackerman 10. Munising, which led 42-25 at halftime, shot 50 percent from the field and had 20 turnovers.
Leading the Rockets were Rachel Bintner (12 points, five steals ), Kristin Goodacre (12 points), Shelby LaCosse (10 points, seven rebounds, two blocks), Emily Thibault (five rebounds), Erica Proehl (five rebounds) and Jenna Rubick (four assists).
The Rockets (8-11) shot 37 percent from the field and had 22 turnovers.
Rapid River and Munising will play again Monday at 7 p.m. in the Class D district opener at Big Bay de Noc.
Rapid River 11 14 11 16 — 52
Munising 22 20 27 13 — 82
Rapid River — Thibault 4, Schwartz 4, Bintner 12, E. Goodacre 6, K. Goodacre 12, Rubick 4, LaCosse 10. FT: 5-12; F: 22; Fouled out: LaCosse. 3-point field goals: Bintner 2, K. Goodacre.
Munising — Wendt 13, K. Ackerman 10, M. Ackerman 3, Fitzgibbon 17, Downs 5, Cotey 6, Johnson 11, Werner 15, Witty 2. FT: 22-29; F: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Wendt, K. Ackerman 2, Johnson 3.